Chris Cornell funeral to be held May 26 in LA, sources say

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LOS ANGELES — Chris Cornell, the lead singer for Soundgarden, will be laid to rest on May 26 in Los Angeles, two people with knowledge of the plans told CNN Saturday.

The Soundgarden frontman’s body will be flown from Michigan to Los Angeles on Sunday, and Cornell will be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the sources said.

“The family is thinking about a (public) memorial for fans, but is coping now with their loss and the funeral service,” one source said.

Cornell, 52, died Wednesday night after performing with Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

The medical examiner’s office in Wayne County, Michigan, ruled the death a suicide by hanging.

Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell, said in a statement she became concerned for her husband’s well-being after he told her he took “an extra Ativan or two.”

Ativan is a brand name for lorazepam, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety.

Vicky Cornell said she became concerned and had her husband’s personal security team go to his MGM Grand Detroit hotel room. They broke down the door and found Cornell unresponsive on the bathroom floor in his room.

Cornell’s widow said in her statement that she did not believe he “intentionally” committed suicide. The family’s attorney, Kirk Pasich, said in a statement that the family would await the toxicology results to see if Ativan or other drugs contributed to his death.

“The family believes that if Chris took his life, he did not know what he was doing, and that drugs or other substances may have affected his actions,” Pasich said.

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